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TikTokers raise over $1 million for trans healthcare and gender-affirming surgeries

Story by Daysia Tolentino

Two TikTok creators collected in six hours over $1 million for trans health care through a 30-hour “TikTok-a-Thon" fundraiser to celebrate Friday’s Transgender Day of Visibility.

Mercury Stardust and Jory, better known online as alluringskull, raised the funds for Point of Pride, a nonprofit that provides gender-affirming services to trans individuals across the world.

Stardust and Jory are both trans TikTokers with a combined following of 4.6 million on the platform. Stardust is known as the "trans handy ma'am" because of her educational home repair videos. Jory posts a variety of content about comedy, fashion and social issues.

The money raised will be used to purchase 10,000 chest binders and gaffs (undergarments that flatten the chest and genital areas, respectively), provide hormone replacement therapy and fund gender-affirming surgeries.

The livestream began on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. EST and goes until Friday evening at 11 p.m. Within six hours, the organizers reached their initial goal of $1 million, according to Stardust and Jory. The hosts, along with Point of Pride president and co-founder Aydian Dowling, have taken turns engaging with viewers throughout the continuous stream.

Dowling said he felt "disbelief and excitement" when the fundraiser hit its goal. He said the fundraiser sends a strong signal in a fraught political and cultural climate for trans people.


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